29th Apr 2018
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Breakthrough app to help prevent asthma attacks
Author: Olga Galacho
Breath of fresh air for asthmatics

To recognise World Asthma Day today, a breakthrough smartphone app has been launched by a peak body to will help users breathe easier.

While originally designed with young sufferers in mind, Asthma Australia says the Kiss my Asthma app can be used by people of all ages to manage their symptoms, track their moods and receive reminders about taking medication.

Developed by researchers at the University of Sydney, the app has a “goal-setting function that incorporates gamification to make (it) more attractive and enhance the user's experience and motivation”, the organisation said.

Asthma affects one in nine Australians and kills around 400 people a year. It’s estimated up to 90 per cent of people may be using their inhaler incorrectly.

An Asthma Australia spokeswoman told YourLifeChoices that following the toll on the community from last year’s unexpectedly harsh influenza virus, the organisation was stepping up its efforts to educate people of all ages about the dangers of letting their condition go untreated.

It is also strongly recommending that asthmatics consider having a flu vaccination now, before the worst of the cold weather sets in.

“During last year’s flu season, many of the people who lost their battle to survive were believed to be asthma sufferers who had not been taking their medication adequately,” she said. “We know that respiratory viruses, including the flu, are one of the most common asthma triggers and can cause asthma flare-ups that require time off work, emergency treatment or hospitalisation.

“GPs and other health practitioners can refer patients to our 1800 ASTHMA Helpline for support with their asthma management.”

The Kiss myAsthma app is available on the App Store and GooglePlay now. Its features include:

  • access to an asthma action plan
  • the ability to track asthma symptoms, severity and attacks, making it easy to inform your doctor or specialist accurately about your asthma
  • mood tracker
  • setting goals and receiving support from one of the app’s assistants
  • reminders to take asthma preventer medications
  • asthma first aid instructions and emergency contacts
  • extensive information about asthma, asthma medications and devices, and managing anxiety.

There is another, more general app available also. Known as the Asthma App, it contains a wealth of information about the condition, how you can receive support, different types of medication and delivery devices.

Asthma Australia has produced a checklist for people with asthma to reduce their risk this winter:

  • visit your doctor for an asthma review
  • take the asthma control test
  • take preventer medication every day when well
  • check your device technique
  • get a written asthma action plan
  • consider an annual flu vaccination.

Does your asthma worsen during cold weather? Would you be interested in relying on a smartphone app to help manage asthma symptoms? Are you sure you know how to use your inhaler properly?

Anyone with concerns or questions about asthma can call the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462) and get advice from an asthma educator.

Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.

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    Rosret
    2nd May 2018
    11:52am
    Get the RFS to get better advice on hazard reduction days.
    Get a pneumonia vaccine.
    Get allergy tested
    Get new pillows
    Get rid of fluffy stuff - carpets, furniture etc.
    Get good advice on Preventers - some can be VERY dangerous.
    Avoid harsh chemicals but clean your house.
    Wash and return your sheets on a same day turn around. i.e. Don't store sheets and clothing without washing them first before using them.
    etc etc etc ....and try not to strangle the pharmacist when they ask you for the umpteenth time if you use a preventer.
    Nan Norma
    2nd May 2018
    12:01pm
    I have suffered from asthma since I was ten years old. Been hospitalised on several occasions I have seen many changes in that time. New drugs and a change in the attitude of doctors and hospitals. Funny thing is it was the ambulance personnel that seemed to take asthma most serious.
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    Nan Norma
    2nd May 2018
    12:07pm
    It is hard for new suffers but over the years you do get to know what things to avoid. One thing that is difficult is stress. You have to learn to live with your asthma without letting it rule your life.
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    2nd May 2018
    12:56pm
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    2nd May 2018
    2:07pm
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    9th May 2018
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    9th May 2018
    9:55pm
    I have had ASTHMA my whole life but about 7 years ago my asthma got so bad and was diagnosed of EMPHYSEMA/COPD which was most likely due to the asthma. I was on double antibiotics and steroids, still didn't feel any better. My lungs were constantly wheezing in all four chambers, i already used Advair, Spiriva, and Albuterol in my nebulizer, they just didn’t do much. April 2016 my sister in-law told us about Rich Herbs Foundation where she ordered herbs that effectively treated her arthritis. We ordered their COPD herbal treatment after reading alot of positive reviews, i am happy to report this COPD herbal treatment reversed my lungs condition. My quality of life has greatly improved and every one of my symptoms including difficulty breathing and wheezing are gone. Their official web page is ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om. I will be 52 soon and have never been healthier!
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    17th May 2018
    5:57pm
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